4. vaghareli rotli

January 4, 2012mayurisjikoni
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remembering my mum

     My mum was a very good cook where traditional gujarati dishes were concerned. I can’t remember her ever wanting to try out the new western dishes like pizza, tacos, burgers etc. I think she left that to my kaki and me to try out during the weekends. I will at a later stage include recipes that I learnt from my mum but for today I have to mention her most famous dish…. vaghareli rotli. My mum made the best vaghareli rotli. This  simple dish is a popular meal in our household. All of us have tried to make it like mum’s but there is still something missing. I think its simply the love that she added. Everyone from us siblings to my cousins loved it when my mum made it. Vaghareli rotli can be a snack time meal tasting yummy when sprinkled with a bit of chevdo, bhusu or sev or it can be a wholesome but light dinner meal. The following recipe  is for 2 as a meal, for 4 as a snack and God save you if you have to share it with my brother, Nimesh! Its his all time favourite meal on this earth. If he is around, you ain’t getting any! 

updated :06/05/2016




6-8 left over wheat flour rotlis (not the ready made ones if they are made from plain flour)
1 cup of sour yogurt
2 to 3 cups of water ( depends on how liquidy you like it)
1 tbsp oil
4 cloves of garlic, cut into thin slices
1 tsp ginger paste
1/2 to 1 tsp of green chilli paste or 2-3 whole chillis (depends on how chilli you like it)
¾ -1 tsp salt
3 tbsp of chopped fresh coriander
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)

  1. Put oil in a saucepan and let it get a bit hot over medium flame. 
  2. In the meantime tear the rotlis into pieces.
  3. When the oil is ready, add mustard  and cumin seeds to it. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the chopped garlic. Stir fry till it turns a bit pink. 
  4. Add the chilli and ginger paste. Add the turmeric powder and hing.
  5. Quickly add the rotli pieces. Mix well.
  6. Add the salt and water. Mix. Let it come to a gentle boil.
  7. Add the yogurt and stir well. 
  8. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and serve.


  • When you make rotlis, store the left over in the freezer. When you have a sufficient quantity, make a quick snack. 
  • Instead of chilli paste can use chopped chillis, about 1 or 2.
  • For a more creamier consistency, use more yogurt.
You may want to check out the following:
mum’s soup

Sending this recipe for the following events:

cook with leftovers – Full Scoops and Cooks Joy

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  • Namrata

    January 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Oh yummmy!!! I want too!!!

  • Pavani N

    October 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    That is such an interesting recipe with leftover rotlis. Mom's dishes are always the BEST 🙂

  • sushma

    October 27, 2017 at 12:37 am

    New to me, but look so yummy

  • Nandita Gupta

    October 27, 2017 at 6:09 am

    That's such a nice tribute to your mother! Loved the write up too!

  • Priya Suresh

    October 27, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Vaghareli roti looks like a super comforting meal, prefect way to finish leftover rotis, lovely dish there Mayuri.

  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    October 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    I am sure every gujju household have their own version of Vaghareli rotli recipe, in my family hubby is a huge fan of this, but I don't add garlic, I must try your recipe one day.

  • Indfused Sandhya Rege Nadkarni

    October 28, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Nice tribute to your mom Mayuri. Love the recipe.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Thank you Sandhya.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Yes I'm sure most Gujjus have their version. Some even prepare the same recipe replacing the roti with bajra rotla.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Yes Priya, its a way to finish of leftover rotlis, but sometimes I make them to make this dish.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you Nandita.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Try it Sushma, am sure you'll like it.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    They sure are Pavani… miss her cooking.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 28, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    coming soon to make it for you.

  • Sapana Behl

    October 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Vagherali roti sounds m kind of dish. I even love adding bites of roti in curry and eat that way.

  • jayashree

    October 29, 2017 at 1:32 am

    Nice recipe, a heirloom one. Looks delicious.

  • Mayuri Patel

    October 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Thank you Jayashree

  • I Camp in my Kitchen

    October 30, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Wow nice snack with rotis dear! Looks delicious!

  • Archana Potdar

    October 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Wow I have heard about vagherali roti but reading about this yummy dish now. Mums are the best.


    October 30, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Indeed an interesting recipe😗

  • Mireille Roc (@ChefMireille)

    October 14, 2019 at 3:04 am

    This looks so good – A great use of the leftover roti!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 14, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Mireille. My favourite.

  • Jolly

    October 15, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Never heard about it, totally new to me. That is such an interesting recipe with leftover rotis, Simple and delicious. Wonderful share.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Jolly, its a very Gujju dish. Best way to enjoy leftover rotis.

  • Swati

    October 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    We call it baasi roti ki chaat and make it in a different way.. Your version looks so delicious.. some of the dishes made by mom are indeed very special and the taste stays with us for lifelong… loved reading the post..

    1. mayurisjikoni

      October 16, 2019 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much Swaty, it seems there are so many similarities in dishes that we make.


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